Barrack is surreptitiously providing the U.S. government with information that the UAE wants the government to hear, but he's also providing back to the UAE confidential information about what he learned was going on within the federal government. — Brett Kappel, a Washington attorney and expert in lobbying and influence laws
Barrack is surreptitiously providing the U.S. government with information that the UAE wants the government to hear, but he's also providing back to the UAE confidential information about what he learned was going on within the federal government. — Brett Kappel, a Washington attorney and expert in lobbying and influence laws
Trump ally Tom Barrack’s criminal case isn’t really about lobbying – it’s about national security
  • Billionaire businessman Tom Barrack is facing criminal charges that are typically described as “illegal foreign lobbying,” or violating “foreign lobbying” laws.
  • But the federal statute under which Barrack was charged is used to prosecute spies, not lobbyists.
  • Which means this case is really about national security.
Billionaire businessman Tom Barrack is facing criminal charges that are typically described as “illegal foreign lobbying,” or violating “foreign lobbying” laws.

But the federal statute under which Barrack was charged, Section 951 of the U.S. Criminal Code, is used by the Justice Department to prosecute spies, not lobbyists. Which means this case is really about national security.


The founder of Colony Capital and a close friend of former President Donald Trump, Barrack was arrested last Tuesday and charged with operating as an agent of the government of the United Arab Emirates without notifying the Justice Department.

Barrack was also charged with conspiracy, obstruction of justice and lying to federal agents.

He made his first court appearance Monday, where he pleaded not guilty and was released on a $250 million bond.

Barrack will live at his home in Aspen, Colorado, while he awaits trial. His movements will be monitored by an electronic ankle bracelet and GPS.

Legal experts who have read the indictment said the case against Barrack could have serious implications for national security.

It also raised new questions about how foreign governments may have taken advantage of Trump’s preference for conducting foreign policy through opaque back channels.

... Following his court appearance, Barrack issued a statement saying: “Of course I am innocent of all these charges and we will prove that in court.”

... Barrack’s case hints at the relative ease with which individuals close to Trump could influence his direction on major policy issues.

“This information flow is going both ways,” said Kappel. “Barrack is surreptitiously providing the U.S. government with information that the UAE wants the government to hear, but he’s also providing back to the UAE confidential information about what he learned was going on within the federal government.”

Kappel added: “And he was providing that information through an individual who was on the payroll of a foreign intelligence service.”
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